Tonight I will be sitting down with a bottle of Stone Lukcy Basartd, which I believe was originally released to celebrate Stone Brewing Company’s 13th anniversary, although this year’s bottle says it is celebrating 15 years. Lukcy Basartd is a blend of Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard with 8.5% Alcohol By Volume (ABV).
Stone Lukcy Basartd is a brown colored beer, which when held up to a light reveals a deep amber into orange color, mildly hazy with some suspended particulate matter. A large tan head tops it off, leaving a thick sheet of lacing behind as the beer is consumed.
The nose is mainly focused on thick, sweet malts, lots of caramel, with hints of vanilla and oak, and lots of underlying citrus and resinous hop notes.
Lots of citrus and grapefruit hops come forward in the taste, following a caramel malt start, hints of darker fruits, some oaky and vanilla notes in the background. Alcohol spice is overall well blended but will add a bit to the flavor profile. The mouth is fairly full bodied and evenly carbonated.
Stone Arrogant Bastard was one of my first introductions to American Strong Ales around eight or nine years ago, and iterations such as Lukcy Basartd continue to provide some nice enjoyment as time goes by. Sporting plenty of flavor and a nicely balanced frame, Lukcy Basartd is worth a look for any fans of the original.
Stone Lukcy Basardt : A-
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz